It was serendipitous that I came across this audio program when I did, because recently I’ve been watching quite a few videos on YouTube by Dr. Baskaran Pillai – he wears the coolest head scarves, check them out!
Watch a few of his videos and you’ll see there’s something completely calming, soothing and other worldly about this guy. In particular, I’ve been interested in the methods he suggests, to improve your life through the repetition of mantras.
So John’s audio program (a recording of a seminar on affirmations), really hit home with me – right away I began putting it to use. I have to say, so far, the technique has been really effective in improving my mood and helping me feel more empowered!
What’s Possible With A Mantra/Affirmation (Whatever You’d Like To Call It)*.
John Kehoe says that ANYTHING is possible when you repeat a statement of a positive nature. Money, love, success, a slimmer body – anything you can dream of, you can bring into your reality. Sounds good, no?
How To Create Your Own Mantra
There are a few ‘rules’ you need to abide by, to get your mantras working most effectively for you.
- It has to be short and simple. E.g. “I am a success.” “I have unlimited energy.” “Today is going to be great!” You’re not aiming for a short story, just a concise statement that feels good to you.
- It has to be phrased in a positive way. If you want an interview to go well, you wouldn’t say, “I’m not going to screw up this interview,” because your mind doesn’t pick up the ‘not’ – it only hears ‘screw up the interview, screw up the interview’. As in, what you focus on, you draw into your reality and in that example, you’re focusing on ‘not screwing up the interview’ (which is a very different point of attraction to ‘aceing the interview’). So, instead your mantra would be, “I’m going to have an AWESOME interview!”.
- You don’t have to say it out loud – internally is fine. You can say it externally if you like, but it’s fine to just repeat it internally (what’s more, sometimes it won’t be appropriate to repeat it externally, for example, if you’re in the reception, waiting to be called in for that interview).
A Little-Known Secret For Supercharging Your Mantras
John emphasises a crucial point in his seminar that actually goes against a lot of other things I’ve read in my fave books, by authors like Abraham-Hicks, on the Law Of Attraction – however, after trying it, I’m actually inclined to agree with John on this…
SECRET KEY TO MANTRAS – You don’t have to believe your mantra! If you believe what you’re saying to yourself there’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t get hung up on the mantra not being ‘true’ right now. If you don’t believe it, it doesn’t matter.
Simply by repeating the statement over and over again, you pick up the vibration of it and it will naturally work its power. For example, if you say, “I feel great, I feel great, I feel great!” for 2 minutes straight, you inevitably begin to feel more aligned with what you’re saying to yourself. I tried it and felt more positive and energised than I had before I started. Have a go yourself!
How To Use Mantras
The goal when using a mantra is to fill your mind with a single positive thought and that thought alone. You’re not meant to analyse the statement to assess its validity (that’s why you don’t need to believe it – you just need to make sure you’re not contesting it). Instead, focus solely on your mantra for two full minutes.
Every time you have a thought during your day that is negative or detrimental to what you’d like to ultimately achieve – e.g. “I’m fat”, “I’ve got no money”, “I’ll never make it”, you simply repeat your mantra, for example, “I have a beautiful, slim body”, “I have infinite abundance”, “I’m a success” – and you repeat this over and over for 2 minutes straight.
During this time, if you have another thought that creeps in, like, “Yeah but I don’t really believe this, it’s not true, I don’t have abundance” you have to start your two minutes over again. You’ll get very good, very quickly at focusing on the single statement of your mantra this way.
Then, after two minutes of repetition, if that negative thought creeps in again – do another two minutes. If the thought comes back again tomorrow – do another two minutes! Eventually you’ll train your brain to think in different ways and the thought will find it harder to come back –all the while you’ll be creating a vibration for yourself that is in line with what you want to attract.
Yeah, But How Does It WORK?
The theory behind how a mantra can manifest certain things in your life, is that as we are all made of energy and your thoughts too have an energetic vibration (just ask a quantum physicsist). By broadcasting a certain thought over and over again, you begin to attract like thoughts to it and eventually people, places and circumstances that will manifest those very thoughts into a reality.
Whether you know it or not, the content of your mind is dictating the quality of your experience. The best news of all is, if you don’t like what you’re experiencing you can start – right now, if you like – attracting what you DO want.
Do Mantras Work? I Put It To The Test
They say that it takes 30 days to break a habit or make a new one, so for the next 30 days I’ll be putting mantras to the test in my own life. We all have areas we want to improve upon, so for this exercise, I’ve decided to focus on increasing my abundance in the financial area.
Do I believe this will work? I have to say, I’m not entirely sure. I know that the mantras worked for improving my level of happiness and state of mind, but can they materialize money? I’m about to find out. The next step up from addressing the negative thought with 2 minutes of mantras is to actively sit down and do 5, 10 or 15 minutes of mantras EVERY DAY.
For the purposes of this experiment, I’m going to bring in the big guns and commit to 15 minutes every day, of the mantra, “I have infinite abundance”. I’ll report objectively where I’m at at the end of 30 days, for you to see whether YOU can get mantras working for you to create more exciting, enjoyable and joyful situations for your own life.
Manifesting with mantras,
*I prefer to use the term mantra because to me, ‘affirmation’ has a whole heap of extra connotations – it makes me think of someone unhappily trying to convince themselves of something that isn’t real – almost fighting against what is. Mantras in the sense that I’ve described above don’t require you to believe the statement you’re using as your mantra.
To me, the word ‘mantra’ has a more peaceful connotation than ‘affirmation’. After all, the purpose of using a mantra in eastern philosophy is to fill the mind with a statement so that it becomes calm and still.
A mantra is intended to slow and stop the ‘thinking’ processes of the mind. If you’d like to learn more, I’ve written a post on the purpose of mantras which you might find helpful.
Have you had experience manifesting with mantras? What worked for you and what didn’t? Feel free to share your wisdom and experiences below…
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